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Live auction - bgr_544377 - THRACE - THRACIAN KINGDOM - LYSIMACHOS Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 750 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:10:40
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 287/286-281/280 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amphipolis
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 17,20 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, bien centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Alexandre ainsi qu’un joli revers à l’usure superficielle. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d'Alexandre le Grand sous les traits de Zeus-Ammon, cornu et diadémé à droite.


Reverse description : Athéna nicéphore assise à gauche sur un trône, tenant une petite Niké de la main droite qui couronne le nom de Lysimaque et le coude gauche posé sur un bouclier orné d'un masque de lion ; à gauche, une lance posée sur son trône ; dans le champ à gauche, un caducée et à droite, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS / LUSIMACOU/ (Ko).

Historical background


(323-301-281 BC)

Coinage in the name and type of Lysimachos

Lysimachus (c. 360-281 BC) was one of Alexander's leading generals. After the death of the brilliant conqueror on June 14, 323 BC, a fratricidal fight opposed the Diadochi, his successors. Lysimachus, initially favorable to the survival of the Empire, supports Antipater before becoming independent in 315 before J. - C., receiving the administration of Thrace. In 306 BC, after the naval battle of Salamis in Cyprus, Lysimachus, imitating Antigonus the One-eyed, his irreducible enemy, took the title of king (Basileos), both followed by Demetrius, Ptolemy, Seleucus and Cassander. Allied with Ptolémée, they crush Antigone which dies with the battle of Ipsos in 301 before J. - C. It is the birth of the kingdom of Thrace and the beginning of the personal coinage of Lysimaque. He must fight against Demetrius in Macedonia and Thrace. After 288 BC, he remained the most powerful of the reigning monarchs over Europe and Asia Minor. Lysimachus, aged 80, was killed at the Battle of Couroupédion in 281 BC..

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